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ACS-64 locomotive No. 642 commissioning event, 2015.

Color digital image showing the commissioning event for ACS-64 electric locomotive No. 642. Image taken June 29, 2015.

ACS-64 locomotive No. 642 commissioning event, 2015.

On June 29, 2015, Amtrak commissioned the new Siemens-built ACS-64 locomotive No. 642 during a service held at the Wilmington, Del., Maintenance Facility. To honor all those who have served in the armed forces, it wears a patriotic red, white and blue paint scheme. No. 642 also includes a specially designed “America’s Railroad Salutes Our Veterans” logo and 50 stars around the bottom.

The locomotive was painted at the Amtrak Beech Grove, Ind., Maintenance Facility and is used to pull trains in revenue service along the Northeast Corridor. No. 642 joins her sister P-42 diesel-electric locomotive No. 42, which was painted with a similar paint scheme in 2013. Both locomotives are visible symbols of Amtrak’s commitment to hiring veteran talent.

The commissioning event included remarks from members of the Delaware congressional delegation. On the dais in this image are, from left to right: Major General Francis Vavala of the Delaware National Guard, Senator Chris Coons, Senator John Carper and U.S. Representative John Carney.

Photographer: Chuck Gomez for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.